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The week ahead in traffic, transit

Whether you drive or take transit, check out these potential obstacles to a smooth ride this week.

Metrorail work in Tysons
Late this week, watch for a major change in the traffic pattern near Tysons Corner Center and Tysons Galleria. As early as Friday, the left-turn lane from northbound Route 123 to westbound Tysons Boulevard will be closed, and remain so for about two months.

This is the start of construction on supports for the Tysons Central 123 Metrorail station, which will be built on the southwest corner of the Route 123 and Tysons Boulevard intersection, across from Tysons Corner Center.

Traffic will detour onto International Drive, a block before the Tysons Boulevard intersection, then make a right on Galleria Drive. Drivers can then turn left on Tysons Boulevard or proceed straight. Drivers seeking access to Tysons Galleria from northbound Route 123 should stay on International Drive or use Tysons Boulevard. Drivers heading for Westpark Drive and the Westpark Bridge to Tysons Corner Center should continue on Galleria Drive, which becomes Westpark Drive.

11th Street Bridge
Starting Monday and continuing through May 7, watch for off-peak lane closings -- day and night -- on the 11th Street Bridge, nearby parts of 295 and some local streets along the Anacostia River. This is part of the bridge reconstruction project.

14th Street, Columbia Heights
Drivers might encounter some delays because of a paving project in the northbound lanes of 14th Street between Irving and Kenyon streets NW, and also between Park Road and Monroe Street. Sixteenth Street and 13th Street are alternative north-south routes for commuters.

Route 267 night closing
All lanes of the Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway will be temporarily closed four separate times between midnight and 2:45 a.m. Thursday. The closings will occur just east of the Hunter Mill Road interchange. At 11 p.m. Wednesday, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority police will begin setting up barriers and tapering off the lanes leading to the full closures.

Traffic stop in Tysons
The Dulles Metrorail project has scheduled a test for Tuesday morning on a caisson along the northwest side of Route 123 in Tysons Corner near the Dulles Connector Road exit ramp. The test, set for between 9:30 and 11 a.m., will require a traffic halt along Route 123 and at the exit ramp from the Connector Road/Dulles Toll Road for less than 10 minutes. The structural integrity test creates a loud boom.

University Boulevard
Watch for single lane closings between Route 586 and Arcola Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays.

Rockville Pike
There will be intermittent single lane closings on both sides of Rockville Pike at Randolph and Montrose roads from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Kenilworth Avenue bridge
The Maryland State Highway Administration is working on the Kenilworth Avenue (Route 201) bridge over the Capital Beltway. There will be traffic shifts and temporary lane closings on both Kenilworth and the Beltway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

Weekend Metro delays
Just a preview: Metro again will be working on the switch replacement project at Rosslyn. This will cause delays of at least 40 minutes on trips through Rosslyn aboard Orange and Blue Line trains from 10 p.m. Friday through the midnight closing on Sunday.

On the Red Line, riders between Medical Center and Friendship Heights should again add at least half an hour to their normal travel time. Trains will be sharing a single track around a work zone from 8 p.m. through the midnight closing.

By Robert Thomson  |  April 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories , Commuting , Congestion , Construction , Driving , Metro  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, The week ahead  
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